Braised Shiitake Shimeji Risotto
A creamy Japanese-style mushroom risotto that will warm the heart.
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 1 cup shimeji mushrooms, cleaned
- ½ cup soya sauce
- ½ cup mirin
- ½ cup sake
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 400 g calrose rice
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 sprig scallion, finely chopped
- 1½ litre vegetable stock
- Chives, for garnish
- Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, grated
- Rinse and clean mushrooms and trim the stems. Slice the shiitake mushrooms.
- In a saucepan, mix the soya sauce, mirin and sake. Heat liquid on medium to high heat and bring to a light boil. Add the mushrooms and cook until the liquid reduces to half. Turn off heat and set aside.
- In a large pan, heat the oil and butter on medium heat. Slowly sauté the onions and scallions for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that they do not brown.
- Turn the heat to high, add the rice and stir. Add the mushrooms and remaining liquid. Stir. Add a ladle of vegetable stock. Stir again. Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Continue adding vegetable stock, ladle by ladle, making sure that the liquid is fully absorbed after each ladle. Continue until the rice is soft but with a grainy bite.
- Remove risotto from heat. Serve on individual plates.
- Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan and chives.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 45 minutes